Karen Gillan, Jermaine Fowler, Kevin Nealon More Ready for ‘Late Bloomers’ Comedy – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Karen Gillan (Thor: Love and Thunder) will play alongside Margaret Sophie Stein (Bullets on Broadway), Jermaine Fowler (sorry to disturb you), Kevin Nealon (SNL) and Talia Balsam (Divorce) in the comedy directed by Lisa Steen Late flowering from We’re Doin’ Great and Park Pictures, which wrapped production in Brooklyn, NY.
The film written by Anna Greenfield is loosely based on her experience living in Brooklyn in her twenties. It centers on Louise (Gillan), an aimless millennial who breaks her hip while drunk, sending her to physical therapy. There she does an elderly Polish BFF (Stein) who doesn’t speak English. And it’s this unlikely friendship that gives her the courage to face what she’s always shunned: her mother’s early Alzheimer’s disease. Fowler plays Louise’s Craigslist roommate/owner Brick, with Nealon and Balsam as parents.
Late flowering marks the feature debut of frequent Greenfield collaborator Steen. The couple have previously worked together on the shorts Appetizers and Stepfatherwhich premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 SXSW Film Festival, respectively, as well as the shorts games for girls and new adult. Producers Alexandra Barreto and Taylor Feltner developed their new comedy through the 2020 Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Production Fellowship, also seeing the project included in the 2021 Sundance Catalyst Spring Slate, 2020 Film Independent Directors Lab, 2020 IFP Market and the 2019 edition of Film Independent’s Fast Track.
Park Pictures’ Sam Bisbee is producing the film alongside We’re Doin’ Great’s Barreto and Feltner. Executive producers on the project include Jackie Kelman Bisbee of Park Pictures, Lance Acord and Cody Ryder, Wendy Neu, Franklin Carlson, Robina Riccitiello of Fierce Optimism Films, Emma Pompetti and Tegan Acton of Good Gravy Films, Hallee Adelman of World of HA Productions and Ivy Herman, Sam Slater, David Bernon and Paul Bernon of Burn Later Productions, Marc Iserlis, Ng Say Yong and Anthony Eu of mm2 Asia, and Greg Beauchamp and Carter Collins of Bindery Films. UTA will represent worldwide sales.
Gillan is an award-winning actress known worldwide for her character Nebula in the guardians of the galaxy movies and other Marvel projects. She is also known for her role as Ruby Roundhouse in the recent pair of Jumanji movies, and as Amy Pond on three seasons of Doctor Who. She can currently be seen in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder and will then appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
Known in her native Poland as Małgorzata Zajączkowska, Stein is an actress and writer whose credits include Mark Tarlov simply irresistibleGlenn Jordan Sarah, simple and tallby Woody Allen Bullets on Broadwayby Paul Mazursky Enemies: A Love Story and a Broadway production by Noel Coward Laughter present.
Fowler is an actor, comedian, producer, and writer who recently starred in Stephanie Allyne and Tig Nataro. Am I okay?, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and will be released later this year. He has also been seen in movies like Coming 2 America, Judas and the Black Messiah and sorry to disturb youas well as series such as crackle and Superior donuts. Other upcoming projects for the actor include the Tim Story comedy Blackening and the FX miniseries Retirement.
Nealon is an Emmy-nominated actor and comedian, best known for his time as SNL actor from 1986 to 1995. He also appeared in series like Weeds and movies like Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singeramong many others.
Balsam can currently be seen in Mariama Diallo’s Sundance hit Master, which is streaming on Amazon. She has also recently appeared in films like The Many Saints of Newark, The penalty and The climband has been seen in such acclaimed series as Mad Men and Divorceamong others.
Outside of her work with Greenfield, Steen was a co-producer on the feature. One more, with Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid. She was also showrunner on epic nightan interactive series for Eko Studios.
In addition to the previously mentioned shorts, Greenfield wrote the play All the girls and wrote and co-produced Haunt the Johnsonsa scripted comedy audio series for Audible.
Late flowering marks the feature debut from Barreto and Feltner’s Los Angeles-based production company We’re Doin’ Great.
Launched in the summer of 2010 by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord, Park Pictures Features has produced Sundance selected films such as Robot and Frank (2010), infinitely polar bear (2014), God’s pocket (2014), cop car (2015), The other people (2016), The hero (2017), An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018), Hearts are beating hard (2018), The phrase (2018), Farewell Love (2020), The truffle hunters (2020), The last shift (2020) and We the children (2020). This year, the company created the films The Rise of Broadway, Aisha and there there at the Tribeca Film Festival and received a Peabody Award nomination for the documentary storm lake. Political drama is also coming for Park The Independent, which he will be releasing with Relativity and Sky later this year. Park Pictures Features is a division of Park Pictures, an award-winning commercial production company with offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, owned by Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Acord.
Gillan is represented by UTA, Maison Two and Linden Entertainment; Stein by Studio Gama in Poland; Fowler by UTA and Entertainment 360; Nealon de Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Balsam by Gersh and One Entertainment; Steen by Gersh and Good Fear Content; and Greenfield of Gersh.